Captain Gary Dubiel fishing guide with a trophy redfish

Captain Gary Dubiel

Over 18 years experience as a fishing guide and an expert with both fly and light tackle fishing, Gary's passion for fishing brought him to North Carolina in the late 1980's eventually starting his fishing charter, "Spec Fever" coined from his days on the Outer Banks speck fishing.  Gary's guiding takes place over a large portion of Eastern NC. 

seminar speaker Captain Gary Dubiel

Seminar Speaker

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A little on the Captain's career-Captain Gary Dubiel has speaking to audiences about fishing for 20 years. Originally appearing in fly fishing clubs and as a featured fly tier. His talks now cover a vast area of inshore and nearshore fly fishing and light tackle angling, international and domestic fishing travel, conventional rod design and selection, innovative fishing strategies, lure and fly selection, fishing his Pop N Fly  and European nymphing.  Gary pioneered the popping cork craze for NC giant red drum, turning what was a night time bait fishery into a day time artificial lure fishery.  Progressing that one step further, Gary invented the Pop-N-Fly rig and revolutionized fly fishing for these giant reds.  Capt. Gary has written and lectured on both light tackle and fly fishing and he has appeared on a number of angling shows on ESPN 2, WFN, UNC-TV, NBC Sports, the Sportsman Channel and Discovery Channel (Europe).  He is a frequent speaker at local and national fishing shows including the Saltwater Sportsman's National Seminar Series, the Fly Fishing Show and the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival.  He has also been featured in many major sports fishing magazines and in several books.  He has written a book about his Pop N Fly technique. 

Company affiliations – Gary works with a number of great companies including as a National Advisor with Temple Fork Outfitters and is involved in product development. He is a brand Ambassador with Florida Fishing Products and is Pro Staff with Rapala, Storm and Sufix. He works with Costa, Columbia Sportswear, Scientific Angler, Simms, Regal Vise and Soft Science. 

Sportfishing groups  – Gary is frequently involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the IGFA.

Contact us

Please contact Capt. Gary through our contact form or give him a call. His speakers fees are reasonable and he has the ability to give presentations with or without PowerPoint.  

From Clients

Capt, Gary with Mr. Bob Clouser

Nathan L. Reasons

"My wife and I have fished with Gary a few times. No matter the time of year, Gary always finds fish. He is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge -he has made me a better fisherman. "

Callan Pope-Mullican

"Gary and his family are some of the greatest people. He got us on all different kinds of fish and we experienced tight lines and laughs for hours! We hope to get out with him again soon! "

Stu Creighton

"I had to say thank you again for yesterday, I don't know if I will ever have a day better than that. (Can't wait to get out and try to better it though!!)
I also wanted to say thank you for what you have taught me on the water this spring. I have learned a lot, and I know it has made me a better fisherman. I'm nowhere close to being a pro yet, but I am picking up techniques and baits that I am becoming more and more confident in. In addition, I'm learning a lot about reading the water and the conditions to help maximize any opportunities I get. Gary, you are a very good teacher, and I am looking forward to next time to learn that much more.
You have quickly become a trusted friend, and I think I appreciate that more than anything.
See you next time out!!! "  

Geoff Greene

 "Thanks very much for helping me get three generations of Greene men together for a fun time on Friday. It was more than just a fun time fishing Specs; it was a chance for me to spend quality time with my Dad and my son. I want my son to be interested in fishing and conservation, and I don't think I could have asked for a better time. My Dad gave me that gift, and you helped me give it to my son. We look forward to next time.” 


“Capt. Gary - a great day - thanks for showing us the "right" tackle, technique and place to catch was fun, fun, fun and an education to say the least - best fishing day I have had on the Neuse ever!!!” 

James Hobaugh

"Ladies and gentlemen I have been on hundreds of guided trips in my life. Captain Gary was professional, courteous, kind, patient, knowledgeable, and most importantly he put us on monster fish! Highly recommend This trip. I already booked another one. Thank you Gary! "

Articles Featuring Capt. Gary

"Six Top Water Secrets"

by George Poveromo

"Spring Break Specks"

By Joe; Arrington

"Use These Tips to Catch More Striped Bass"

By Brian Cope

"Using Your Old Popping Cork"

by George Poveromo

"Hot and Cold"

by Mike Marsh

"Patients Pays Off"

by Kevin Maurer

"Best Lures for Striped Bass"

11 top striped bass experts reveal their go-to lures 

By Capt. Vincent Daniello  

Sports Fishing Magazine June 15, 2018

read it here

"Hooks For Weedless Rigging Soft Plastics"

Choosing the best hooks designed to keep you fishing soft baits in the weeds

by Steve Waters 

Sports Fishing Magazine May 2019

"Hooks for Weedless Rigging Soft Plastics"

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Spec Fever Guide Service

PO BOX 1029, Oriental, NC 28571, us

(252) 249-1520

Dubiel's Pop N Fly

Check out this great video from the Flymen Fishing Company

Tying Dubiel's Pop-N-Shrimp

In this video, Capt. Gary Dubiel is tying his original fly pattern the "Pop-N-Shrimp" This is a dynamite redfish and seatrout fly that fishes extremely well on his "Pop-N-Fly.

Fly Fishing the Neuse River

Check out this great video from one of Capt. Gary clients catching speckled trout on the Pop N Fly

Winter Trout Fishing

Check out this video interview with Capt. Gary on winter speckled trout fishing